Oct 062016
 October 6, 2016

ian macmullenFor its March 6 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Ian MacMullen, visiting associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

MacMullen, a political theorist whose primary research and teaching interests lie in the politics of education and of religious and cultural pluralism, will present “Religious Schools, Civic Education, & Public Policy.” His most recent book, Civics Beyond Critics: Character Education in a Liberal Democracy, explores the ways in which civic education in a liberal democracy could and should shape children’s values, beliefs, preferences, habits, identities, and sentiments.

MacMullen’s current research concerns the moral permissibility of articulating and/or acting on the basis of religious reasons in politics. He is developing an evaluation of the claim, frequently advanced by proponents of “public reason” that religious arguments are unfit to justify the state’s coercive activities because these arguments depend upon beliefs whose grounds are not accessible to all citizens.

MacMullen received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, received tenure in 2015, and accepted a visiting position at Duke in 2016.

MacMullen will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 6 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke Building Room 101. Lunch will be provided and those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing Bashar Alobaidi at bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.

The Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters a interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from across the University to discuss cutting edge research in ethics broadly conceived. For more information and upcoming speakers, visit the series website.